Twelve Years

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It is so strange to be a 24-year-old on a day like today. It is a day that I recall my 7th grade feelings on September 11, 2001. I remember coming home, feeling that ever-heavy cloud of heartbreak when tragedy strikes. I was too young to understand and too young to fully comprehend that the buildings I was watching fall to the ground were full of precious lives. I was too young and blissfully unaware to allow myself to understand the implications of all that was to follow.

As a 24-year-old today, I’m no longer bound by that necessary atmosphere of innocent youth. I am now too aware of the evilness of humanity as I watch all the events of Syria unfold. My opinions as an adult cannot help but to form. With that, I think I could write an entire blog post on this matter, but I believe so many already have. It is so easy to lose focus in a sea of words, especially on a situation so fragile.

As a 24-year-old Christian, I hold onto the truth that it is never right to repay evil with evil. I can see American pride rising on the horizon, attempting to shine in another area of the world to ‘”prove who we are,” and it is a role too often assumed. In saying this, I can conjure no solution beyond to pray for our political leaders and their roles in this. I can, however, acknowledge that the heart of God breaks over days like September 11th, attacks out of retaliation, the never-ending war in Syria, and those displaced because of war.

I recognize that freedom has never come in the form of planes flying into buildings, bombs so carelessly dropped on foreign lands nor through hasty political decisions. Instead, freedom is found in mourning with the heartbroken, and seeking peace and reconciliation in all matters.

Twelve years later, as a 24-year-old, I hold onto the promise that, one day, war and heartbreak will cease and no longer will we have this great divide.

“He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth. He breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the shield with fire.He says, ‘Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.’The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.” – Psalm 46:8-11

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